American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

Jun 23, 2015

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

by Tomomi Tomita

Byron Fija, who knows nothing about his American father and little about his Okinawan mother, now works to preserve Uchinaguchi, a native language in Okinawa, after having overcome an identity crisis. “Uchinaguchi comprises my identity itself,” said Fija, 45, who refers to himself as ...